Doctors, nurses, and hospitals make mistakes. Diseases are misdiagnosed, patients are neglected, test results misread. With many big insurance companies, individuals suffer the consequences of bad medical practice. The Higgins Firm is experienced in taking on doctors and hospitals when a client has been injured as a result of medical malpractice. We utilize the best experts on the planet to fight for our clients and their families, and we work hard to get them the compensation they deserve.
Medical malpractice is a negligent or careless act by a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider. Malpractice occurs when a physician fails to properly treat or neglects to treat a medical condition and this failure or neglect results in a new or aggravated injury to the patient. The negligence in medical malpractice cases can occur in a variety of situations, which can include any of the following:
The best clue you have that medical malpractice has likely occurred is a dramatically different or unexpected result of treatment or surgery, such as a serious brain injury following relatively minor or unrelated surgery. However, this is only an indicator. Sometimes unfortunate results can arise from an unavoidable risk related to the procedure. Regardless, the provider should be able to give a good explanation for a worsened condition or unexpected death of the patient.
Sometimes a nurse or doctor will later comment on the methods or work of your care provider. These statements are also strong indicators of medical malpractice and should urge you to schedule a consultation with a competent lawyer.
The complexity of the medical and legal questions makes it extremely difficult for patients or relatives of an injured patient to determine on their own whether or not suspected medical malpractice has in fact, and in the eyes of the law, occurred.
If you suspect medical malpractice has occurred, we advise you to consult with an attorney experienced in medical malpractice. Most law firms, The Higgins Firm included, will provide a consultation free of charge. The first consultation is usually enough for an attorney to qualify whether or not you have a medical malpractice case warranting further investigation. If yours is a malpractice claim with a reasonable chance of success (determined by previous precedents and current laws), the consultation will conclude with a plan of action. The next steps for further claim evaluation include obtaining relevant medical records and the selection of medical experts to provide opinions concerning the standard of care and the injury or death.
In most circumstances, yes. In medical malpractice cases, it is necessary to establish what the standard of care is in the professional community. This calls for another professional handling similar matters to explain what should or should not have occurred in your particular circumstances. Many outcomes are based upon the effectiveness of medical expert testimony.
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